Food Friday – Week 3 Paleo Update & Dehydrated Spinach

The Paleo Diet is still pretty east to stick to.  I weighed myself at the Y and I am down to 201lbs.  This is exciting for me because when I started my weight loss journey I was 221lbs on October 23, 2013.   So, in 7 months I have lost a total of 20lbs.  Most of which has fluctuated over the last few months as I was trying to get into a routine that works for us.  With the slow weight loss that means I have a better chance at keeping the weight off.  The new diet is working well, increasing my energy and I have slept better at night.  Well, on the nights my 2 year old doesn’t wake with bad dreams.

On our menu this week was Dehydrated Spinach.  It is one of the very few solids he would eat.  It doesn’t dehydrate nearly as good as Kale but tastes very yummy.

 

Food Friday – Paleo Diet week 2

I have been on the paleo diet for 2 weeks and have so much natural energy it still amazes me.  I feel like dinner planning is so much easier having a basic plan.  It is also easier to keep sweets and bad carbs out of our diet when there are so many delicious substitutes.  Last weekend a group of friends got together and we celebrated our children’s 2nd birthdays with a pot luck picnic.  Quite a few of us are now doing the paleo diet so it was interesting to see the things everyone brought.  My favorite were the mock chocolate chip cookies.  they melted in my mouth having the texture of a soft peanut butter cookie.  DELICIOUS!!  I found a similar recipe to try.

My attempt is well, very good for a first try. I added my own twist to it.  I used the recipe from Fast Paleo as my base.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups Almond Flour
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Pure Almond Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 2 eggs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F).  Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat, parchment paper or aluminum foil.  In a large bowl combine 3  1/4 cups of almond flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda.  In a medium bowl, mix together 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup and 1/4 cup of honey.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients then add 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips.  Spoon them onto the lined pan and put them in the oven.  Bake for about 8-10 minutes (the tops will start to get golden brown). If they go longer than that the bottoms burn because of the sugar in the honey.
Should make between 18-24 cookies depending on size.

Food Friday – Paleo check in week 1 complete

We are officially one week into our Paleo Venture and it has been an exciting week.  Carb cravings weren’t too bad but the sugar cravings were a little more noticeable.  I have cut my caffeine as well.  I learned some interesting things…

I thought with a reduced amount of caffeine  intake I would be tired and sluggish…  NOPE, full of energy. WIN

I didn’t know the difference between grass-fed Angus Beef or grass-fed “regular” Beef.. Main difference to me was Angus ground beef only had 1 Tbsp of fat when I made meatloaf and it didn’t shrink in the pan.  I hate the grease from meat, I never know what to do with it.  The Angus Beef was moist and had a smooth texture.  WIN and WIN

Shopping the first couple times has been a long process because I have to read everything.  I also notice just because a package meat says “organic” doesn’t mean it is grass-fed.  Is there really a difference?  Yes, after only 1 week of meal prep and cooking with grass-fed meats I have noticed they are all less fatty.  The chicken breast was a bit on the dry side but that can be fixed next time by changing the preparation technique.

Over all I am happy to report that I feel better over all and have more energy than I did before the diet adjustments.  My 2 year old will eat all the Kale Chips if I don’t give him his own bowl.  We are off to a good start and it wasn’t that hard to do.

Food Friday – Paleo Diet – Day 1

Today we started our new diet plan.  Thanks to a couple of friends who have started it and have had great success even in as little as 3 days.  They are my inspiration!!  And thanks to the NOM NOM PALEO iPad app for the iPad for the mouth-watering recipes, best $5.99 I have spent on a cooking app yet.  The Nom Nom Paleo website is a wonderful resource tool as well.

Breakfast was a scrambled egg with bacon, garlic, and herb seasoning.

Lunch we had diced chicken and kale

Dinner was a delicious Salad with various greens, tomatoes, red peppers, onions, bacon and kale.  YUM YUM YUM…

It was a pretty easy day but I have been warned the carb cravings will kick in soon and to ignore them the best that I can.  Good thing is I keep thinking of the health benefits of having a low GI diet.  I have hopes that this diet will help my body not need the thyroid medication anymore.  I know it won’t happen over night but I sure am looking forward to a few weeks from now when I go back to the Dr for a check up.  In addition to the new diet we (my 2yr old & I) are working out at the YMCA 5 days a week.

Weight Loss Check-in about 2 weeks in…

I didn’t believe the scale on Friday when I weighed myself after swim class.  I weighed myself 3 times even putting the scale to zero each time to make sure it was balanced.  It was.  The scale read 200 lbs.  🙂  WHAT!!!  That means I lost 21 lbs in about 10 days. :: YIPPY :: I have almost broke the 200lbs barrier and I am on my way to getting to my target weight. So, all of this should make me feel great.  Which is does a little but I look in the mirror and I don’t see the difference anywhere other than my boobs.  Don’t get me wrong they could use to be a couple of sizes smaller but I would love to see the results on other areas of my body.  I have taken my thyroid medication every day like clockwork and occasionally I remember to take the phentermine.  We are also eating a lot less carbohydrates.  

 

UPDATE: THE SCALE WAS BROKEN. (︺︹︺)  REALLY WEIGHED 217LBS  4LB is still not bad.

Rambling – 24 hours in to my Weight Loss Reboot

I am now officially 24 hours into my new weight loss journey.  I haven’t started the thyroid meds yet but I did start the Phentermine 37.5 mg/day in the morning.  WOW  I felt great yesterday.  So great I finally took the air conditioner out of the living room window that I have dreaded doing for a few weeks.  It is nice to have energy.  So far the only side effect I have is the increased energy.  I took it early enough that I slept very good, well by the time I finally fell asleep @ 1:00 am.  I woke up full of energy and ready to go.

Then I dropped the french press full of coffee.  EEKKKK!!!!  Thank goodness for back up french presses.  Come to think of it, I think my mood is even more chipper than usual.  On the swing side it has also made me a little mushy.  Well, I am not so sure if it is the meds making me mushy or if I am feeling emotional while processing the information I got from the Dr about my thyroid.  Things I didn’t know that I partly wish I had known earlier and partly am glad I didn’t know.  I just focus on my healthy and very smart toddler and then I don’t question a thing, until I lose focus.

Well off to work more on my book…  Ahh yes, I have started compiling a top-secret book that I hope to have ready and in print before Christmas. 🙂

 

My Weight Loss Journey – Update

To be completely honest…  Life got busy…  There wasn’t time… Summer time happened…  Oh I can think of a million and one reasons why I got derailed from my journey, but that must be all part of my path to walk.  The only one accountable for me is me.

Yesterday I had my first visit with an endocrinologist.  HE IS FABULOUS!!!  He went over my blood work and showed me where one of my thyroid hormones is a little raised and by a little I am talking with in 1 point from the highest “normal” level.  He is treating me, the person not me, the patient.  his bedside manner is fabulous.  He understands the challenges and keeps it real.  When I mean real he pulls up on his computer “scenarios” that would not happen to me and says “right”.  hah  it is great.  They are things that “could” happen but with weight loss he thinks that my body can correct itself.

Before I get to “our plan of action” here is what I have done that hasn’t really been working to lose weight. Eating healthy – CHECK (mostly)
Walking at least 1 mile a day – CHECK
Working out to Richard Simmons….  ugggg  not so much 😦

OUR PLAN OF ACTION:

cut down our carb intake, kind of a no brainer.  I didn’t think we were eating a lot but gosh darn it carbs are in just about EVERYTHING.  He has put me on the lowest dose of thyroid medication.  We have added in Phentermine which I have used in the past with good results and littler effort.  I use the term “we” because he includes me in the medical plan.  He really listens to what I want for me, give advise (medical and non medical), and we talked about plans of actions and what he thought would work best.

Most impressive thing about my visit was he dictated my patient notes right while I was in the room.  ❤  I think everyone should be so lucky to have such a wonderful doctor.  Now lets hope in 2 months when I go back my numbers are lower.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life starting with baby steps.  I will make it a point to do a weekly weight check when my little guy and I go to our baby and me swim class.

Starting weight – 221lbs  Starting clothing size 18/20 pants  lg-XL shirts

May Day – Starting my weight loss journey.

Spring is here and it is not only time to clean the house but to clean out the body as well.  How do I plan to do this?  I plan on loosing some weight.  My goal is to lose 50 lbs by next May 1st.  I just got Sweating to the Oldies 5, Tonin’ to the Oldies w/Boogie Cords and the complete FoodMover Program by Richard Simmons.

I am so excited to get going.  Now that it is spring I can focus on fresh produce from farmer’s markets.  YUMMY!!  I have found some fabulous things to eat that Robert loves too.  I have also found yummy ways to prepare foods he isn’t so big on.

This is me at my Son's 1st Birthday Party.

This is me at my Son’s 1st Birthday Party.